Assignment 2: LASA 1: The Neighborhoods of Centervale
Here’s What Happened . . .
You have just been promoted to sergeant in the Community Policing Division of the Centervale Police Department. Your first assignment is to examine the criminal behavior in your area and work with local agencies to develop proactive policies to help reduce criminal activity and lower the overall crime rate. Your jurisdiction covers many different areas; you know that a one-size-fits-all approach will not work. You decide to break down your jurisdiction into smaller areas to tackle them individually.
Area 1 is a low-income area that is often featured in the news for its high murder rate. This area is a transient, high-rent district (for example, the housing is not expensive, but most houses are rented, not owned, by occupants) populated with single-parent households. Most citizens are unemployed, and the high dropout rate paints the school system as being one of the worst in the region.
Area 2 is also a low-income area with a lot of property crime but with an overall lower crime rate than that in Area 1. Many employed dual-parent households have purchased their homes through government programs instead of opting to rent. Although the schools are better and the dropout rate is relatively lower than that in Area 1, the dropout rate is still higher than the national average.
Area 3 is culturally diverse and continually changes and grows every year. Although the overall crime rate has risen slowly, unemployment is high, property crime is high, and violent crime is high. Specifically, Area 3 has an unusually high murder rate.
Area 4 has both employed, high-income families and employed, low-income families. Because land costs less, expensive houses continue to be built in low-income areas. The Centervale Police Department reports an extremely high number of calls-for-service from citizens residing in high-income housing in low-income neighborhoods, who report frequent incidents of vandalism and other property crimes.
Here’s What You Need To Do . . .
Review the details and prepare a 3–4-page report that discusses the criminal activity in these areas. Compose your paper based on the following points:
Note: Be sure to organize your paper into clear and concise paragraphs. You should read the grading rubric before starting your paper to ensure you cover all the material appropriately. Use APA in-text citations to cite external sources that link to corresponding references on a separate page.
LASA 1 Grading Criteria and Rubric
All LASAs in this course will be graded using a rubric. This assignment is worth 200 points. Download the rubric and carefully read it to understand the expectations.
|Assignment 2 Grading Criteria||
|Analyzed, evaluated, identified, and discussed key factors. Selected and applied a criminology theory to each of the areas.||
|Related basic tenets of the chosen theory to each situation.||
|Summarized each match with research, assigned readings, etc.||
|Developed a three-pronged plan for crime reduction. Recommended a crime reduction plan for each area.||
|Argued the theoretical basis for the plan.||
|Writing components (writing quality and research).||
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